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The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine

The Season of You & Me

“Wishing was futile. Wishing was non action.”

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.

Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.

Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.

Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.

Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

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Personal Thoughts:

The Season of You & Me is a quick and light hearted romance that is good for in-between-reads.

Coming from heavy fantasy reads, I thought The Season of You & Me is a welcome distraction. A breather of a kind which perfectly fit the bill. But as a good contemporary read, this book needs more than just romance.

Cassidy Emmerich is still reeling from her breakup with her boyfriend Gavin after he cheat on her. In order to move on she decided to spent her summer away with her father and his family. His father help her to enter a summer camp to work as one of the helper there. A distraction she really needs. At camp she meet new friends and one of them is Bryan Lakewood. Bryan is paralyzed from the waist down. He is a positive and cheery person in general but deep inside he has his own baggage that need to address.

Cassidy was introduced as the girl who run away with her problem but grew so much from there. She is clearly a good person who just wants a break. Her struggle is understandable and her way to cope up is realistic. But her story as a whole is just plain and simple.

With Bryan’s physical condition, I expect him to be the game changer here. I want him to pull some emotions from me or at least make me care about him. But like Cassidy, I feel like I won’t remember much about him in the future. If only Robin Constantine explored more Bryan’s condition by showing the repercussions of being paralyzed I think Bryan will be a more interesting character than just the nice boy that he is.

Cassidy and Bryan are both nice and good characters but I cannot say that I connected with them. Their story even well written is too simple for me. It’s a good feel story but cliché and predictable. And coming from great fantasy reads I can’t help but see the inferiority of this one in terms of the plot and story building. Not that I am looking for magics or great world building from a contemporary read, but I’m still hoping to feel something from the story and the characters.

If there’s something I like in the story I guess it’s Cassidy’s relationship with her half-brother Hunter and her friendship with Tory and Wade. At least those parts feel real and endearing.

All in all, The Season of You & Me though superficial is a sweet and light read. Robin Constantine written a well paced story making the three hundred plus pages a breezy read. If you are looking for a quick, romantic and fluffy read then this one is for you.

* This review is based on an advance readers copy I received courtesy of the publisher, HarperCollins International in exchange of honest opinion.

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